In a weird series of events, I’ll be taking an interim position as the High School Youth Ministry Leader at my church. While that’s cool on it’s own, the thing I’m most excited about was to be able to leave the job I’ve held the last four years. It isn’t that I didn’t appreciate being employed or having a stable income. That I certainly appreciated. But it’s nice to move on from a job that pays the bills to something I can get passionate about.
I’m excited to work full time for my church and excited about the challenges of my new (interim) position. Because after helping people with their credit cards, I’m definitely ready to work with people. So, in the words of Barney Stinson, “Challenge Accepted!”
Last week was about the third most important week in the church, if you’re Lutheran. At the top of the list are Christmas and Easter. Last week was number three: Reformation week. It isn’t too difficult to see why it’s such an appealing week for Lutherans to celebrate. We’re named after the reformer after all.
Unfortunately we don’t seem to have much of the spirit of ol’ uncle Marty. For the last fifteen years I’ve heard sermons about the importance of congregations having a reformation attitude, but see (and hear about) congregations that struggle to change the smallest things. I hear reasons ranging from the importance of not pushing away the people already in the church to the importance of tradition.